Where are these socks made?
I am so grateful to be working with very talented, kind people at a wonderful mill in Conover, North Carolina (a state that is home to much of what is left of America's hosiery industry). My socks were originally developed and knit in the last remaining knitting mill in my hometown of Reading, PA, until it was closed by its new owners in 2018 –– I will always be indebted to the generous, talented people there, who made these socks possible.
Above: Terry, the sock genius –– and friend –– who helped develop THIS NIGHT socks in Reading, PA
How soon will they ship?
They will ship in 1–2 business days.
Why is the name of the company THIS NIGHT? Why the Big Dipper?
The name THIS NIGHT comes from a tenth-century Japanese poem that I especially love:
If only I could show them to someone who knows, this moon, these flowers, this night that should not be wasted. – Minamoto Nobuakira
(quoted in The Tale of Genji by Muraski Shikibu, trans. by Edward G. Seidensticker)
I lived in Japan for a year right after college and continue to be inspired by the colors and patterns of Japan, so THIS NIGHT felt right. The Big Dipper has always been my favorite constellation because I can always find it –– it's like an old friend in the sky.
What do the socks feel like?
They are very soft and "hug" your feet and are what I consider the perfect weight –– they fit into dress shoes but are still substantial.
What is the fiber content of the socks?
The socks are 81% cotton (US-grown, soft ringspun cotton), with 16% nylon and 3% lycra for the plaiting (this is what gives the sock its stretch and resilience and keep that "fresh pair," cozy feeling).
Should I order M/L or S/M socks?
S/M socks fit women's shoe sizes 4 to 10.5 and men's shoe sizes 5 to 9. M/L socks fit men's shoe sizes 7 to 13 and women's shoe sizes 8.5 and up. (The M/L sizes also have a slightly wider band and are a bit taller).
Below you can see women's size-9 feet wearing one of each (M/L on left and S/M on right).
I wear a men's size 14 shoe –– will the M/L socks fit, or should I order the XL size?
Men wearing size 14 shoes have reported that, yes, these socks do fit. (Please note that if you wear a men's shoe size 13.5 or larger, do not order KYOTO, as this style will not stretch as much as the others.) You may also want to order the XL size, which fits men's shoe sizes 14 to 18.
What are the care instructions for the socks?
I recommend washing them in cold water (since they are colorful cotton) and tumble dry on low or medium.
What if the socks are a gift for someone?
Please write a gift message in comments section during checkout, and I will handwrite a nice gift card (and not include an invoice).
Do you sell the socks wholesale?
Yes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in carrying them in your store.
I hear that Reading, PA, is the self-proclaimed Pretzel Capital of the World – any recommendations?